The one-day qualifier for Category 1 men and Category 1 and 2 women to compete for a spot in the Nature Valley Grand Prix is now scheduled for May 8.
Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said despite the date change, he was keeping the oldest continually-running road race in the Mid-Atlantic region on the Nature Valley Pro Ride Calendar.
"When Ruth Stornetta (the promoter) contacted me to tell me that snow was forecast, I was surprised, because they're in Virginia, but sympathetic, because I'm in Minnesota," LaPorte said. "We know snow only too well here in the frozen Northland and it's not a good mix with bicycle racing. But we support her decision since safety must always come first and the Jefferson Cup will stay on the Nature Valley Pro Ride Calendar.
"It's not an ideal date, because it's the day after the Sterling Road Race (in Boston), which is also on our calendar. Riders who miss the cut for the Nature Valley Cycling Team at one qualifier frequently travel to another qualifier to have another go. That would not be possible with these two races," he said.
Staged on a 10-mile circuit that winds through rolling countryside south of Charlottesville, the Jefferson Cup offers a challenging 77-mile race for men and 50 miles for women. More details can be found on the race's website: www.bluewheel.com/jefferson-cup-2011
Additional information on the Nature Valley Pro Ride can be found at: www.NatureValleyProRide.com